Trevor Bauer really is the ultimate heel.
Bauer had another strong start for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed just two hits and four walks while striking out 11 over 6.1 innings against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
Bauer exited with a 2-1 lead, and the Dodgers’ bullpen hung on for the victory by the same score. That gave Bauer his fifth win of the season. He also lowered his ERA to 1.98.
But the best part is what Bauer did after being removed from the game. He exited the mound at Oracle Park and played to the boos from Giants fans by cupping his ears and raising his arms.
That was epic.
Bauer has been very vocal about wanting to make MLB more fun and entertaining. This is part of his way of doing so. He takes his craft and his job very seriously, while still aiming to have fun and entertain.
A Giants fan in a kayak was perfectly placed to grab a Brandon Belt “Splash Hit” on Tuesday night, but he had his problems.
Belt was batting in the bottom of the fifth inning of San Francisco’s game against the Colorado Rockies. He delivered a solo home run over the wall in right field to break the 2-2 tie. The ball bounced off the deck above the wall and into the water at McCovey Cove.
Video showed the fan paddling past the ball a few times. He was circling the ball but struggling to grab it. Take a look.
Let’s just hope the fan ultimately came up with the ball. It would be terrible not to have after all that great work and placement with his kayak!
MLB teams have allowed fans to bring their dogs to the ballpark for special occasions before, but have you ever seen a woman sitting in the stands with her pet rabbit? You have now.
A woman brought her pet rabbit — a 4 1/2-month-old therapy bunny named Alex — to Thursday night’s game between the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Kei Kato, the owner of the furry little friend, told Janie McCauley of The Associated Press that Alex has been to a NASCAR race and other events but Thursday was his first Giants game.
The Giants won 3-0, so it goes without saying that Alex is welcome at their games anytime. We’d be curious to see if he handles a loss the way this dog at a Texas Rangers game once did.
The San Francisco Giants are taking a unique approach to filling their seats in 2020.
The Giants confirmed in a letter to season ticketholders on Thursday that games at Oracle Park will be played without fans this season, according to ESPN. However, they’re granting fans an opportunity to attend in spirit — by sending in an image to be printed onto a cardboard cutout and placed in the stands.
The plan, which the team is calling the “Giants Fan Cutout Program,” will see the cutouts placed as close to the individual’s season ticket as possible. Fans who do not have season tickets will also be allowed to participate in the program for a $99 fee.
Prepare to see a lot of teams get creative with ideas like this. We’ve seen it overseas, and it’s only a matter of time before we see it here as well.
While the Giants have already ruled out the possibility, some teams are already eyeing up ways they could play with at least some fans in attendance in 2020.
Catching a ball hit into the stands during an MLB game while holding something else may be one of the more impressive fan feats around. Doing it while holding a baby might be the toughest of all.
A Giants fan caught a Pablo Sandoval home run on Friday night with his free hand while simultaneously holding a baby in the other arm, with the child turning out no worse for wear whatsoever.
Sandoval was duly impressed by this man when he saw the replay.
Catching a baseball hit into the stands on the fly is not an easy thing to do it, and some fans have badly screwed it up under much easier circumstances. Sandoval is right. The guy deserves props.
The San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies played an 18-inning marathon on Friday night, and things got a bit loopy by the end.
Oracle Park provides space in the outfield for fans to hang up to 20 “K” signs for every strikeout recorded by a Giants pitcher. Usually this is plenty, but San Francisco pitchers struck out 24 Rockies during those 18 innings.
That meant the Giants fans who stuck around to the end had to improvise.
You have to admire the dedication. The execution could use a bit of work, but we’ll forgive that.
The Giants seem to play a lot of these strange games, and they always lead to unusual circumstances. This was no different.
Josh Hader got a very different reception on the road from the one that he received at home less than a week ago.
The Milwaukee Brewers reliever pitched Thursday against the San Francisco Giants in what was his first road appearance since old tweets of his containing homophobic and racist content emerged during the All-Star break. As Hader entered the contest, he heard loud boos from the Giants faithful. Here is video of the scene, per Sam Hustis of KNBR.
Hader went on to pitch 1.1 scoreless innings against the Giants to successfully preserve a 2-2 tie. In a decision that was criticized by many, he was given a raucous ovation by Brewers fans in Milwaukee on Saturday when he was made his first overall appearance on the mound since the scandal.
The 24-year-old Hader has already gone above and beyond in his apologies for the offensive tweets. Regardless however, he is quickly realizing that it will still be a long time before he lives them down in the eyes of the majority.
The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series in five years on Wednesday night, but that didn’t stop some of their fans from acting like they have never been there before.
According to CBS News, at least two people were shot and one was stabbed after the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals. Both gunshot victims, who were allegedly shot while celebrating in the Mission District within walking distance of AT&T Park, are expected to survive. Police spokesman Gordon Shyy said no information is known about the stabbing victim.
In addition to the violence, police also reported several bonfires being lit and fireworks being set off. Fans climbed on top of buses in some areas, which is fairly common for a championship celebration. Several arrests were made as bottles were reportedly thrown at police officers wearing riot gear.
A pair of die-hard San Francisco Giants fans weren’t about to let anything get in their way of watching the longest postseason game in MLB history on Saturday night — not even the most important day of their lives. Chasen and Courtney Orozco are so hardcore that they put their wedding reception on hold until Game 2 of the NLDS was in the books.
And the newlyweds weren’t just doing it for their guests. We know that because Courtney and Chasen had a Giants-themed cake.
The Orozcos waited until Brandon Belt blasted a solo home run in the top of the 18th and the Giants closed out the game before cutting their cake, which was right up there with some of the best cakes we have featured.
How long did the game take? Only 6 hours and 23 minutes, but at least it ended with a victory. Waiting that long to celebrate your marriage only to watch your favorite team lose would probably put a damper on the big day.
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San Francisco Giants fans who attended Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday were treated to many memorable moments, but the game will be remembered for other reasons for Dawn Prince.
Prince told CBS San Francisco that she was arrested for trespassing after getting slugger Pablo Sandoval’s third home run ball from the game.
Prince says she fell over the railing by her bleacher seat onto the ground behind center field at AT&T Park when she was trying to get Pablo Sandoval’s third home run ball. She says she fell accidentally, and she suffered bruises and torn pants as a result of the fall.
Prince was arrested by security on trespassing charges. The San Francisco DA has the power to decide if she will be charged for her alleged crime.
The Giants ended up with the ball, but I have to imagine getting that souvenir would have been worth the arrest.
You can see video of all three of Sandoval’s home runs here.
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